Year in Review: Stories and pictures from October 2017

South Western Times
Bunbury Turf Club General Manager Alex Doble puts the final touches on the grounds ahead of this weeks season launch.
Camera IconBunbury Turf Club General Manager Alex Doble puts the final touches on the grounds ahead of this weeks season launch. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

In October, the start of the new racing season got one man watching the grass grow, while horsemen of another genre remembered a battle from WWI.

Capel stalwart resigns from office

Capel Shire CEO Paul Sheedy.
Camera IconCapel Shire CEO Paul Sheedy. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Longstanding Capel shire chief executive officer PaulSheedy has resigned after 16 years in the position and 20 years with the council.

He surprised councillors and staff when he tendered his resignation prior to the September council meeting.

Mr Sheedy had been contemplating his resignation for more than six months and decided now was the time to pass the baton.

Eaton gets new positive charge

WA's first Telsa owner Michael Lister.
Camera IconWA's first Telsa owner Michael Lister. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Eaton was the first destination in WA to be home to a Tesla Supercharger station.

The electric car manufacturer unveiled its latest charging technology at Eaton Fair Shopping Centre on Friday.

The Supercharger station provides up to 120 kilowatts of power and 270km of range in 30 minutes.

Taking time out to watch the grass grow

Bunbury Turf Club General Manager Alex Doble puts the final touches on the grounds ahead of this weeks season launch.
Camera IconBunbury Turf Club General Manager Alex Doble puts the final touches on the grounds ahead of this weeks season launch. Credit: Jon Gellweiler

Bunbury Turf Club general manager Alex Doble made sure every inch of the grounds is in pristine shape as he prepares for thousands of punters to attend the club’s opening race day.

The club hosted an eight-race stand-alone Metropolitan meet to begin its season, with the $100,000 TABTouch Classic to be the highlight of the day.

Eaton Primary School celebrates 50 year

Among the first Eaton Primary School students Louise Ferguson and Greg Verburg remember the days of the old schoolyard with the schools newest additions Tate Hamilton, 4 Ahlia Williams, 4.
Camera IconAmong the first Eaton Primary School students Louise Ferguson and Greg Verburg remember the days of the old schoolyard with the schools newest additions Tate Hamilton, 4 Ahlia Williams, 4. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Former students and staff took a trip down memory lane on Tuesday as they walked the halls of Eaton Primary School on its 50th anniversary.

About 100 guests joined staff and students for an assembly commemorating the half-century milestone, before taking a nostalgic look at the contents of a 1992 time capsule and roaming the open classrooms.

Inaugural student Greg Verburg reminisced about the days he was a milk monitor and Eaton only had about 100 homes and school jumpers were knitted by a student’s mother.

“Its very nostalgic, it brings back a lot of memories,” he said.

Posties go electric

Australia Post "postie" Ashley Taylor on his electric mail bike.
Camera IconAustralia Post "postie" Ashley Taylor on his electric mail bike. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Bunbury posties are rolling with an Australia-wide trial and trading in their motorcycles for electric bicycles.

Australia Post has converted a number of its motorcycle rounds to electric-assisted bikes in a bid to “optimise” its delivery service.

So far more than 140 rounds have been switched in Western Australia, including two in Bunbury.

An Australia Post spokesman said the aim of the initiative was to improve the company’s service and safety.

Brunswick springs into showtime

Spring was celebrated on Saturday as the LiveLighter Brunswick Show fills the show grounds with exhibits, events, rides and entertainment.

The Celebrating Spring theme was found throughout the halls in the crafts, art, vegetables, flowers, design and decor and jams sections, as well as on the grounds in all the traditional show events including the grand parade at 3pm.

The chips flew for the log chopping competition and horse events kicked off early.

Pridefest Bunbury

Izzy Wood and Helen Robinson will be at this years Pridefest.
Camera IconIzzy Wood and Helen Robinson will be at this years Pridefest. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Celebrating diversity in regional towns, Pridefest Bunbury is a family-friendly event held at the Graham Bricknell Memorial Music Shell.

Entertainment, live art and great food made the day colourfully memorable.

Remembering Beersheba

Light Horse brigade memorial service, Dardanup.
Camera IconLight Horse brigade memorial service, Dardanup. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Honouring the courage of their forebears, the Bunbury 10th Light Horse Troop attended services in Dardanup and Albany to commemorate the famous charge of Beersheba.

The battle of Beersheba broke the German and Turkish lines during the Palestinian campaign, with the charge of the Light Horse at 4pm on October 31 leaping over the trenches to take the town.

On Tuesday, October 31 at 11am, a service was held in Dardanup at the War Memorial with members of the Bunbury troop forming the colour guard.

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